The Woman In Black cast changes from 3 July 2012


Cast changes announced in the long running thriller The Woman in Black, from 3 July 2012, at the Fortune Theatre.

Adam Best will play The Actor. His London theatre credits include Fairy Tale in New York (Theatre 503), and By The Bog Of Cats (West End). TV and film credits include Silent Witness, Waking the Dead, Holby City and The Catherine Tate Show.

Ken Drury will play Arthur Kipps. Ken has worked extensively in the theatre throughout the country including King Lear, The Mysteries, The Crucible and Macbeth for the National Theatre, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 for the RSC, and All My Sons and Mutiny in the West End.

This ghost story written by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill, opened at the Fortune Theatre on 7 June 1989 . (The show first opened at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough in 1987).

It is directed by Robin Herford, designed by Michael Holt with lighting by Kevin Sleep.

Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps , a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose. Years later, as an old man, he recounts his experiences to an actor in a desperate attempt to exorcise the ghosts of the past. The play unfolds around the conversations of these two characters as they act out the solicitor's experiences on Eel Marsh all those years ago.

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